(RightWing.org) – Former President Donald Trump faced two impeachment shams, one of the Senate trials began after he had already left office, meaning the only penalty would be disqualification from becoming a candidate in 2024. When that ploy failed, and he refused to promise he would not seek reelection, the House of Representatives created a “bi-partisan select committee” — where the only Republicans were “in Name Only (RiNOs)” — in an attempt to pin the responsibility on him for the purported riots on Capitol Hill from January 6, 2021.
Since then, he has faced a litany of civil and criminal prosecutions from midnight blue officials on the state and county levels and several have declared that he may not be placed on the ballots for their states’ 2024 Republican primaries.
Colorado Rocky Mountain High to the High Court
A group of voters (the lead plaintiff’s name is Norma Anderson) from the Centennial State filed a court petition asking for an injunction that would prevent Secretary of State Jena Griswold from placing Trump’s name on the party’s ballot. They argued that the ex-president did, “as a matter of fact,” engage in an insurrection that disqualified him from holding the office again under Section Three of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The case eventually made its way to the State Supreme Court of Colorado which rendered a 4-3 decision, agreeing with Anderson, et al., instructing Griswold to do as the petitioners had asked. The Secretary issued the edict from on high, which has led Team Trump to ask the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to set aside the state court’s ruling.
In their paperwork asking SCOTUS to take up the case, Trump’s attorneys made several arguments as to why the nine justices should rule in their favor, including:
- “The Colorado Supreme Court has usurped Congressional authority.”
- Precedent is on their side, all federal courts held that eligibility issues were the purview of Congress when it came to the so-called birther lawsuits against President Barack Obama.
- Section Three does not apply to the office of president since it is not included in the exhaustive list that the amendment enumerates.
Senator Steve Daines (R-WY) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have submitted a joint amici curiae (friends of the court) brief in support of ex-President Trump. In their document, they state their agreement with the issues that Trump’s team provided but added another argument as to why the Colorado court overstepped its bounds.
The amici curiae argues that the 14th Amendment applies to who may be sworn in as president, not who may run for the office, and it uses the text of Section Three of the 20th Amendment to bolster their position. The case of a president elect, failing the qualification criteria is left solely in the hands of Congress.
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